The Sixth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Manila gathered more than 1,000 adaptation experts from government ministries, academic and research institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, financial institutions, private sector, and UN agencies gathered at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from 17 to 19 October 2018 .
This biennial forum is the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)—the first regional adaptation network launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in 2009 under the Global Adaptation Network (GAN). It serves as the primary platform for adaptation practitioners in the Asian region to meet, share learnings and experiences, and work together to address the challenges of climate change.
With the theme, “Enabling Resilience For All: Avoiding The Worst Impacts,” this year’s discussions focused on actions towards climate-resilient development in the context of Asia and the Pacific, taking resilience as a unifying theme.
Sessions centered on the desired end-point of adaptation and its applications to natural, human, economic, engineered and island community systems.
The forum was structured around four thematic “streams” focusing on the resilience of (i) social and human systems, (ii) natural systems, (iii) industry and the built environment, and (iv) island communities. One plenary session and six technical sessions were held under each of the four streams.
Practitioners, officials and experts presented high-impact case studies demonstrating actions and technical solutions, while several sessions explored the ever-expanding role of financing institutions and the private sector in developing and providing adaptation-relevant technologies, products, finance and knowledge.
The forum was jointly organized by the APAN Secretariat, the Philippine Climate Change Commission, the Government of Palau, and the UN Environment, and the ADB.
For a copy of the Forum’s Summary Report, please go to: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/resource/enabling-resilience-all-avoiding-worst-impacts-summary-report-6th-asia-pacific-climate